Macon Bistro & Larder
5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015Neighborhood:
Chevy Chase, DC
SouthernPrice: $30 and under
Macon Bistro & Larder
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.maconbistro.com/
- Phone: (202) 248-7807
- Hours of Operation:
Mondays - Dark
Tuesday -Thursday: 4pm to 10pm
Friday and Saturday: 4pm to 11am
Sunday Brunch: 10am to 2pm
Sunday Dinner: 4pm to 10pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard
- Cuisine: French American, Southern
- Executive Chef: Tony Brown
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine
A word from Macon Bistro & Larder
Macon Bistro & Larder is a locally owned neighborhood restaurant serving re-invented bistro cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Chef Tony Brown, inspired by his southern roots and his world travels, brings together the cooking styles of Macon, Georgia, and Macon, France, to create classically delicious dishes - all served with a side of southern hospitality. Macon, in the historic Arcade Building in Chevy Chase, opens for dinner daily at 5:00pm.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
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Macon Bistro & Larder reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelEnergetic
neighborhood gem (142)fit for foodies (105)hot spot (40)great for outdoor dining (39)vibrant bar scene (30)special occasion (29)romantic (21)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (20)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (10)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)Show More
- A great addition to the neighborhood.FoodandWhine1VIPDined on 11/22/2014A lively scene enhanced by a great menu and good drinks. Seems to always be but service hums along. Great from start to finish, especially with those tasty carmels.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific food and service, but too loudBenzVIPDined on 11/21/2014Food and service were terrific. The small touches makes it a special place - treats from the chef, well informed servers with positive attitude, and responsive manager. The menu was not too extensive but all worth trying. Given that the place is small and they cram a lot of people and tables very close to each other, Macon needs to invest in sound reduction options - fabric may help. Not for intimate occasions, and too crowded for big groups too, so ideal for moderate sized groups (2-4 ppl per table).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lilleyVIPDined on 11/16/2014Ok, I'm a foodie, so I hope this is helpful. The menu is limited to a few choices...the limitation means that you either have to have a favorite that you keep coming back for or can tolerate sameness a lot. I would add more sides, that are vegetables, take off brussel sprouts, there are way too many restaurants with them as a side...it's old. Serve the biscuits in something that keeps them warmer. The aioli with the fried green tomatoes doesn't work, it need to be tangier or richer or both, smokier? I don't know the limitations of the kitchen. I didn't get to taste any desserts or coffee(I hope it's french press), but they sounded good. Your servers are lovely, my cocktail was delish...the place is uber cute...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 11/12/2014Its great to have a restaurant like this in our neighborhood. It is a bit pricey, but the food seemed fresh and well prepared. The overall menu was short, but broad enough for any diner to have some good choices. I will go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New brunch service a local hitLynnCDined on 11/9/2014Sunday brunch is a family affair. We had to squeeze our table of four adults in between three large groups of multiple families all with multiple children ranging in age from babes in arms to roving pre-teens. Three generations at one table of 12. Everyone was well behaved but the percentage of small children adds a constant bustle to the room, a drift of devices to entertain them from legos to pinging electronic games and booster seats in an already crowded table arrangement. The brunch menu features expected standards (shrimp & grits, eggs benedict, chicken & waffles) but well done and nicely presented. Terrific fresh squeezed orange juice. Servers doing their best working in no space and tripping over free-range children.Special Features:
- Enjoyed it but.......DaveysmomVIPDined on 11/8/2014Macon was a good neighborhood place, good food, good service, but.....way too noisy, tables so close together that my bottom was on the next table sliding in!!!! Table on other side had wine bucket no option on that side. Fried green tomatoes delish & if pecan pie on the menu, a winner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrible public relationsKingVIPDined on 11/5/2014We sat outside in the arcade, and were seated near a party of eight who were shouting and loud. We moved to a table further away, but the noise was still so bad we could not converse. Without exaggeration, my ears were hurting after I left the restaurant. I complained to the waiter and the manager. They refused to speak to the party and request that they turn down the volume. Incredibly, the manager said," As long as the party is not using offensive language, we can't do anything!" I will never go there again. The food was just OK, the staff was incredibly unhelpful and dismissive as well.
- True Gem!HeavyPVIPDined on 11/5/2014Great ambiance, very knowledgeable server who is clearly passionate about the place and menu, and outstanding food. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OK but not up to the hypestephenbatt1Dined on 11/4/2014Very small portion of Fried Chi; biscuits good but not amazing flaky as they should be for 7 bucks. Fried green tomatoes and Pork belly flat and meh. Service was not polite and warm at all, not sure why waiter was like that...Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/2/2014all great, except noise level so high that 3 of us often couldn't hear each other....Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/2/2014It's a fun restaurant, but menu would benefit from a few less fatty/caloric options (Salmon in Beurre Blanc would be a great addition/staple). It's also pretty pricey -- approximately $26 dollars for a pork chop or fried chicken with no potatoes or veggies. Wine list also needs to be refined. I had a $16 glass of chardonnay that certainly was not appropriately priced. There are lots of well priced French whites that they could add.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- If only the service changed!!!honestamenteDined on 11/2/2014Food was fantastic--but such talent from the chef only stays in the kitchen... Our server seemed annoyed, wasn't able to add anything when we asked simple questions, food arrived cold for everyone at our table... Would go back if I could sit at the chef's table. Food: fried green tomatoes, biscuits.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food good, but...OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 11/1/2014The food was good and they have a bar that makes nice drinks. The place is too small for the amount of tables. The actually have to pull the table out to allow people To sit down; your that close to each other. For a neighborhood place they charge way too much. We waited 40 minutes for a table we reserved with nothing compt and only the server apologizing, nothing from the manager. The bar is in the middle and overflows to the dinning area making the place super loud. I think they are trying to be a downtown place in a neighborhood and the ambiance does not work. The good food did not make up for the loud, cramped, and super late seating.
- An Amazing FindMJDCVIPDined on 10/31/2014This place was amazing...try it just for the fried chicken and hush puppies. Only annoying thing was the side door that kept opening letting in cold air....minor annoyance compared to the stellar service and great food.Special Features:
- Loved itOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/30/2014Please open up a restaurant in Tenley town! I felt like I was in France.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- consistently very goodsequoiaVIPDined on 10/29/2014I've been to this restaurant 6 times already. I love it. I always have the fried green tomatoes, and sometimes the brisket tips with watermelon as appetizers . Both excellent. Main courses I've had include the duck, short ribs, and hanger steak. The first two are favorites. And desert is great as well. Some waiters/waitresses bring you pickled vegetables to start on but usually not. And some bring you a delicious home-made caramel at the end but also usually not. Not sure why the inconsistency.Special Features:
- Good food, but too expensiveemguskDined on 10/26/2014The deviled eggs are worth going for, the french-press coffee is stellar, and the food is actually quite good, but $16 for a brunch dish is too steep, especially when it's one of the less expensive options. Two or three dollars off the price would make me more likely to be a return customer. $20 for chicken and waffles is just too much!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/24/2014Great space, great staff, food needs work to really shine.Special Features:
- Lovely addition to Chevy ChaseOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/23/2014If you're looking for a restaurant with wonderful food, very friendly waitstaff, and energetic atmosphere, Macon is your place. Our party of four enjoyed a wonderful evening.Special Features:
- Great Addition to NeighborhoodDocPDined on 10/19/2014Georgia meets France - and it's delicious. Great service, great ambiance. Biscuits, brisket burnt ends, short rib, fried chicken -- all were fantastic. Will come backl againSpecial Features:
- Enjoyable experienceExcellentDined on 10/19/2014Food was different and also pretty good. Not fantastic but very good. Our waitress seemed like she wanted to get home by 10 on a Sunday night though and we felt bad (even after giving her a very good tip) so we sat at the bar for a bit longer. Great bartender named Connor who was super nice and very courteous. Overall a fun night.Special Features:
- Great Food but over pricedstewVIPDined on 10/19/2014The tables are so close together you can get your conversations mixed up and the acoustics leave a lot to be desired. We ordered biscuits to start they do not offer bread and 4 small biscuits were $7.00, the rib special which was excellent was $26.00 which seemed expensive for ribs. Instead of desert we each had a cappuccino which was just regular cappuccino, nothing special at all, and were charged $6.00 a piece. It was crowded when we arrived at 6pm on a Sunday evening and our waitress kept asking us if we were finished and twice tried to remove our plates when we were not, so we both felt rushed. I would not go there again as I felt the help was rude and the food over priced for what you received and the neighborhood it is in.
- ExcellentDCDinerDined on 10/15/2014Thoughtful combinations (like the bbo brisket tips with watermelon), nicely presented and unpretentious setting. Good bistro food and atmosphere. A bit loud and crowded. I liked it enough to come back the next night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great experience.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/14/2014This was our first time at Macon. Had a wonderful meal and the owner came and talked with us. He was so sweet he bought us dessert and coffee because we were from Macon, GA. We look forward to coming back next time we are in DC.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very enjoyablemikeinnycDined on 10/14/2014We enjoyed our experience here. Food and service were both excellent, and we liked how it was set up visually. Only minor complaint is that it was difficult to hear - the place does get a little loud.Special Features:
- StanVIPDined on 10/11/2014Great addition to an area that is in need of a good restaurant.Special Features:
- Pigs Ears and BiscuitsChevyChaseMomDined on 10/9/2014The menu is an odd mixture of French and Southern--the pretext being the two regions named Macon. So don't come here looking for a nice salad. Navigating the selections is tricky--because there are pigs ears in the salads paired with entrees like fried chicken--not sure that works, so it's a little hard to put together a whole meal. But the food itself is delicious. Endive in particular was excellent. The only glitch is they charge for biscuits on the table. When we declined, another waitress came out and pitched them again. We said no once more. Then, out came a smaller basket. We assumed it was gratis at that point, so were surprised when $3.50 showed up on the bill. Really?Special Features:
- Take a book. And a snackFoolmeonceDined on 10/5/2014Slow service, cold food, but empty restaurant. Servers seemed confused and cooks seemed bored.
- Best Restaurant on the BlockOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/3/2014We had a very good dining experience! It's such a cute new addition to our neighborhood; it's definately the best restaurant on the block. The food was very good. My only complaint is about the biscuits. They could have been cooked a little longer. Mine was still a little doughy in the middle. The male host / manager with an accent was super nice and attentive...great customer service. He made us feel very special. We will be back!
- Welcome to Friendship Heights MaconFriendshipFoodiesDined on 10/3/2014My husband and I just LOVE coming here. We are foodies, who live within walking distance and have been to Macon 3 times now. The food is awesome, the staff super helpful, and it isn't too expensive. We just adore it. They could beef up their wine list a little more, but it is still new so I assume it will get better with time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb food, great serviceTetonriderDined on 10/2/2014We had a great meal here. The food was interesting and well executed. Highly recommend fried green tomatoes, short rib and butternut squash risotto. I will definitely return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Macon: it's happening!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/1/2014Super friendly and fun welcome started our evening off on the right foot! Great food, outstanding service and a joyful vibe that ensured we will return to Macon! Try everything! Super yummy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fodder4thoughtDined on 9/30/2014Very attentive service, very good food served appealingly, very good wine. The chef visited our table and welcomed suggestions -- which was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Southern-style bistromibkegVIPDined on 9/30/2014Excellent find with excellent food. Nice combination of Southern and French flavors, and also a good selection of cocktails and beers. Highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious, creative food, fun vibedcfoodistaDined on 9/28/2014We've dined at Macon several times and it's always fantastic. The servers are attentive and helpful, without hovering. Love the cocktails. We always find something amazing on the list of specials, in addition to our go-to meal of short ribs, which are phenomenal. Macon is friendly neighborhood place kicked up a notch - love it!Special Features:
- Fun energetic restaurant2ndtimetotryDined on 9/26/2014This is a great neighborhood restaurant and is well worth the trip if not from the immediate area. The food is a unique fusion of French and Southern US cuisine with sensible wine options. Be prepared for a higher noise level inside. But there are outside options.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice new addition to Chevy Chase DCOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/24/2014Macon was delicious, has nice ambience, and is a good modern addition to a neighborhood that can be a bit sleepy. Food came quickly and was well prepared. Cocktails are a stronger offering than their wines.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still too loud to be greatLGfromDCDined on 9/23/2014Love the food at Macon, the people serving and otherwise are really attentive and knowledgeable. But the noise level almost cancels the delights of the experience. For goodness sake, put some sound absorption panels in this place so a dining experience can also be one that allows for enjoyable conversation.Special Features:
- YummyOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/23/2014delicious food, great service, delightful experienceSpecial Features:
- Our new localDCDentistDined on 9/21/2014What a breath of fresh air! This area of upper Connecticut ave NW has needed a really good restaurant and now it has one. Since Macon opened the vibrancy of the area has moved up several notches. Even the tired old places seem better. The food is outstanding. Even out daughter who lives in NYC was impressed. The fried green tomatoes are every bit as good as any I had in Chapel Hill, Charleston or Savanah. The wine list was good but it would have been nice to have some Virginia selections as that is the only decent southern wine there is. We're going back this just bece our "new local". Treat yourself and you won't be disappointedSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.